Vintage Scares #15: Horror Themed Music Videos

Without question, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is the ultimate horror themed music video.  Say what you want about the late Jack-O, the video was right on the money for horror fans. Zombies, werewolves, Vincent Price, John Landis... it was perfect.  I guess I could've lived without the zombie dance number, buy, hey, it's a music video, not a horror movie.

So, we all know "Thriller", but what about other horror themed music videos (back when the "M" in MTV stood for "Music")? There were actually quite a few - some predating MTV. There's the obvious early alternative bands like Bauhaus, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees that put out some pretty Gothic looking videos. And of course there's a million heavy metal videos with horror themes (i.e. Dio's "Last in Line"). But it would be too easy to put together a post with obvious choices like Ozzy's "Bark at the Moon" or something from Alice Cooper, Danzig or The Cramps.  Let's dig a little deeper.

First up is Walter Egan's "Full Moon Fever" (1983). You remember him from "Magnet and Steel", but here's a video you might've missed.  The movie theater + werewolf aspect is very similar to "Thriller", but they came out at about the same time; so, I doubt it was an imitation.

[Note: I didn't want to embed every video, because tons of YouTube videos in a single post can bog even the best computers down.  So, for some, I've just provided the link.]

Pet Shop Boys: "Heart" features Sir Ian Mckellen as a vampire!

Heuy Lewis and the News: "Doin' It All for My Baby" - sure it's a lame song, but the video is a nice homage to those good ol' monster movies of yesteryear.

Squirrel Nut Zippers: "Ghost of Stephen Foster" - takes place in a haunted house and made to look like an old Betty Boop cartoon. Incredible.

The Rattles: "The Witch" (1970)

Ray Stevens: "Sittin' Up with the Dead" - Yeah, this is the guy who sang "The Streak"; never really cared for his brand of novelty music.  However, I got to give him some credit for having a song and video about the reanimated dead.

Screaming Lord Sutch: "Jack the Ripper"(1963) - a classic.
(Check out the funky 1977 version here)

Greg Kihn Band: "Our Love's in Jeopardy" - zombie wedding with effects by Sid Terror of the band, The Undead.

The Rolling Stones: "Too Much Blood" featuring a clip from Basket Case, and Keith Richards with a chainsaw.

Landscape: "My Name is Norman Bates"

Sheena Easton: "Telephone" featuring Frankenstein

Billy Idol: "Dancin' with Myself" - it's like Fame, only with zombies.

Eddie Money: "I Think I'm in Love" (1982) - Money as a vampire - I love it.


  1. I'd forgotten about "Our Love's in Jeopardy" and a few of the others I'd forgotten were horror, like Eddie Money, Sheena Easton, and Billy Idol. I'll be watching these throughout the day.

  2. Nice post!
    Might I also suggest Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" featuring zombies, Alice Cooper and Tom Savini himself! Oh and Bobcat Goldthwait in prime Police Academy form.

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  4. Thanks for the compliments!

    Hmmm I don't remember the Twisted Sister video. I will have to check that out.

  5. Also The Ramones' "Pet Sematery."

  6. Don't Pay the Ferryman - Chris DeBurgh
    Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive - Men at Work (humorous horror)

    Two favs from a time long ago.

    @propagatrix - Loved Pet Semetery. Great video too.